Alana J. Campbell, 60
HUBBARD Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Lane Funeral Home, Niles Chapel for Alana J. Campbell, 60, who passed away Monday evening at Renaissance North Health Care Center.
Alana was born Oct. 11, 1949 in Niles, a daughter of the late Ervin and Irene Alley.
A 1967 graduate of Niles McKinley High School, she was a supervisor at Autumn Hills and the Manor at Autumn Hills.
Alana loved gardening, cats and her dog, Willie.
She will be sadly missed by her husband, William E. Campbell, whom she married Aug. 25, 2000; two brothers; Rick (Bev) Alley of Warren and Jim (Sherry) Alley of Oklahoma; and one sister, Carol (Frank) Sanker of Texas.
Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Lane Funeral Home, Niles Chapel.
Family and friends may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and send condolences.
Jerry E. Dean, 71
WARREN Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009, at the Lane Funeral Home, Mineral Ridge Chapel for Jerry E. Dean, 71, who passed away Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009, at his home.
Jerry was born Feb. 22, 1938 in Niles, a son of Harry E. and Helen (Wangler) Dean Jr.
A 1956 graduate of Howland High School, he then attended Miami University in Oxford..
Jerry served in the U.S. Navy in the Submarine Service. While serving on the USS Sargo, he traveled under the Polar Ice Caps.
In his younger days, Jerry enjoyed golfing and bowling. He worked as a telephone technician for United Telephone, and owned his own telephone company in Mansfield.
He was an avid stamp collector and owned a stamp business in Niles. Currently, Jerry was a freelance artist doing pencil drawings.
He is survived by his mother of Niles; a son, Brian Dean of Ravenel, S.C.; and a sister, DeEtta (Bill) Miller of Austintown.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Veterans organization of your choice, in Jerrys name.
Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009, at the Lane Funeral Home, Mineral Ridge Chapel.
Family and friends may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and send condolences.
Cecil L. Fink, 81
BERLIN CENTER Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Lane Funeral Home, Canfield Chapel for Cecil L. Fink, 81, who died early Friday morning, Nov. 20, after a courageous four year battle with cancer, at the Hospice House in Poland.
He was born Jan. 30, 1928 in Youngstown, a son of Carl and Loretta (Forber) Fink, and resided in this area all of his life.
He worked as a yard master for the Y and N Railroad for 28 years before his retirement in 1981. He was also a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during the Korean War from 1950 to 1956.
He was highly decorated during his military service, receiving a Bronze Star, a Silver Star and a Purple Heart for injuries inflicted during battle and for his selfless heroism. He was recognized for staying and fighting with his battalion after being injured and refusing medical treatment until all weapons were in action and placing effective fire on the enemy. After receiving treatment for his wounds, he again made his way to the forward position of his squad, where he reassumed control and continued to direct fight against the enemy until his leg was so swollen that walking was impossible and he had to be evacuated by litter.
He was a member of American Legion Post 737 of Lake Milton. He and his wife also managed Whiteys Tavern, later Ridgeways, in Schillings Mill from 1970 to 1982.
He married the former Melba L. Trimm on Oct. 26, 1950, and she preceded him in death Feb. 3, 2009.
He is survived by two daughters, Susan Bailey of Damascus and Lori Matulek of Berlin Center; a brother, James (Mary Ellen) Fink of Florida; a sister, Dorothy Tobin of Struthers; seven grandchildren, Michael (Thea) Brown, Jason Brown, Nicole Lenton, Matthew Lenton, Hannah Matulek, Alex Matulek and Aubrey Matulek; and two great-grandchildren, Forrest and Michala Brown.
Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Allan Fink; a brother, Donald Fink; and two sisters, Carol Fink and Betty Baird.
Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Hospice House or to Hospice of the Valley.
Family and friends may visit at www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and send condolences.
Ottelia Tillie Ford, 95
EAST PALESTINE Mrs. Ottelia Tillie Ford, 95, of 1043 Bacon Ave., passed away at her residence at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009.
She was born Feb. 1, 1914 in New Waterford, a daughter of the late Edward and Ethel Shunk Luek.
A life residence of the area, she had been employed as a seamstress at the former Kenmar Division of Ethan Allen for 40 years, retiring in 1979.
Tillie was a member of the New Waterford Lutheran Church.
Her husband, William G. Ford, whom she married June 21, 1934, preceded her in death May 13, 1999.
She is survived by a son, John E. Ford of Morgantown, W.Va.; four grandchildren, John (Julie) Ford, Christina (Matthew) Joseph, Courtnie Higgins and Cathleen (Jason) Reighart; and eight great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 28, at the Zion Lutheran Church of New Waterford.
Burial will be at New Waterford Cemetery.
Please visit www.oliver-linsley.com to view this obituary.
Monroe Norm Hamrick, 75
YOUNGSTOWN Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel for Monroe Norm Hamrick, 75, who passed away Monday evening at Austinwoods.
Norm was born July 7, 1934 in Webster Springs, W.Va., the son of the late Rosa Brown.
Norm retired from Youngstown Welding and Engineering.
Norm leaves his wife, the former JoAnn Bletso, whom he married April 21, 1973; a son, Norman Allen (Karen) Hamrick of Phoenix; a daughter, Tina Hamrick of Ohio; two stepdaughters, Betty (Mike) Matasy of North Jackson and Kathleen Trimm of Cape Coral, Fla.; a sister, Bonnie Clevenger of Baltimore; and six grandchildren, Whitney, Zachary, Amy, Sara, Sam and Katie.
The family will be receiving friends Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Please visit www.higgins-reardon.com to view the obituary and send condolences.
Leon Joe, 45
YOUNGSTOWN A funeral service will be at noon on Friday at the F.D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home for Leon Joe, 45, who departed this life Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009, at Caprice Health Care Center.
Mr. Joe was born June 16, 1966 in Newark, N.J., a son of Milton Jr. and Minnie L. Powell Joe.
He leaves his mother, Minnie L. Powell of Youngstown; a sister, Elaine (Kenneth) Strong of Youngstown; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
The Rev. Young Tinsley is officiating. Bishop Paul Pegues will deliver the Eulogy.
Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Opal Mae Jones, 78
CAMPBELL Services will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at the New Bethel Baptist Church for Mrs. Opal Mae Jones, 78, who entered into eternal life on Saturday, Nov. 21.
Mrs. Jones was born Nov. 19, 1931 in DeValls Bluff, Ark., the daughter of John and Rosie Holloway Perkins.
She married Theatric Jones Sr. on Nov. 12, 1955. As a military wife for 18 years, she enjoyed their years of travel throughout Europe and across the United States.
In 1974, she began a career as a Child Care Provider for the Mahoning County Department of Health and Human Services. She enjoyed this vocation for 35 years because of her love for children, until the day she was called home to Heaven. To her own children, she was loving and an intensely devoted mother. All children who came into her life affectionately knew her as Big Mom. To her friends, she was a dear and sincere soul who would do anything to help the next person.
She was a member of the New Bethel Baptist Church and as a Christian she devoted all aspects of her life serving Gods will. She spent her leisure time cooking, shopping and playing bingo.
She leaves to cherish many, many loving memories, two daughters, Marie Ellis of Las Vegas and Sylvia Jones of Campbell; a son, Theatric Jr. of Campbell; five beautiful grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband; and her sister, Ethelene Gray.
Her laughter, wit and warmth will live within her loved ones hearts and memories forever. A truly classy lady, all her 78 years who will be sorely missed by all who knew her.
Friends may call one hour prior to the services from 9 to 10 a.m. at the church.
Arrangements are being entrusted to the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home.
Dr. William J. Kotheimer, 84
SHARPSBURG, GA. Prayers will be at 11 a.m. on Friday at the Fox Funeral Home in Boardman followed by a Mass of Christian Burial, celebrated by Msgr. David Rhodes at 11:30 at St. Christine Church in Youngstown for Dr. William J. Kotheimer, 84, formerly of Youngstown, who passed away Monday evening at his home.
Dr. Kotheimer was born March 12, 1925, in Youngstown, a son of Carl A. and Agnes Brockoff Kotheimer.
He was a 1943 graduate of South High School, the Palmer Chiropractic College in Davenport, Iowa and the National College in Chicago. He was a longtime Chiropractor, whose practice was located on Indianola Avenue.
He authored two books, applied Chiropractic in Distortion Analysis followed by a research manual on the same subject. William was a charter member of the church and the St. Vincent DePaul Society at the church. He also belonged to the Saxon Club and enjoyed hunting, golfing and playing tennis.
Dr. Kotheimer served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, in both the European & Pacific Theaters..
He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, the former Dolores A. Frichtel, whom he married June 14, 1947; three sons, Dr. William P. (Nancy) Kotheimer of Cincinnati, Peter A. (Charlyn) Kotheimer and Dr. Barry J. (Mary Beth) Kotheimer of Chesterland; three daughters, Christine (Joseph) Tomaino of Capitola, Calif., Laura (Doug) Warhola of Sharpsburg and Mary Charniga of Loveland; a brother, Jack (Lucila) Kotheimer of Stafford, Va.; a sister, Sr. Mary Carl Kotheimer, H.M. of Villa Maria, Pa; 16 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Richard and Carl Kotheimer.
Friends may call Friday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Fox Funeral Home in Boardman.
Material tributes can be made in his memory to St. Christine Building Fund or St. Vincent De Paul Society, both at 3165 S. Schenley Ave., Youngstown, OH 44511
Family and friends may visit www.foxfuneralhome.org to view this obituary and send condolences.
Mary Marsilio, 99
AUSTINTOWN Friends and family are invited to share prayers Friday morning at 9 a.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel followed by a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 10 a.m. at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church for Mary Marsilio, 99, who died Monday evening at Meridian Arms Care Center.
Mary was born Feb. 4, 1910 in Bugnara L'Aquila, Italy, the daughter of Leonardo and Angelina Salamone DiTommaso. She came to this country in 1934. She was a homemaker and a member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church and its Holy Name Society. Mary loved to cook for her family and friends and will be remembered for always putting her family first and for her terrific Sunday family dinners.
Her husband, Vittorino Guy Marsilio, whom she married Nov. 23, 1930, died Nov. 16, 1991.
She is survived by her daughter, Angelina (Neil) Frasca of Austintown; a son, Henry D. (Joan) Marsilio of Boardman; 11 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Emilio L. Marsilio; a brother, Dominic; and two sisters, Bambino Incani and Anna Theresa.
There are no calling hours at Marys request.
The family has requested that material tributes take the form of donations to either the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church or the Meridian Arms Activities Center.
Marys family would like to thank the professional staff at Meridian Arms for the excellent care and compassion during Marys stay there.
Retha Miller, 69
AUSTINTOWN Retha Miller, 69, passed away late Saturday afternoon, Nov. 21, 2009, at her home after a courageous battle with cancer.
Retha was born Oct. 4, 1940 in Connellsville, Pa., a daughter of the late Theodore F. and Mary Elizabeth Cunningham Collins, and came to this area in the mid-1950s.
Retha was a homemaker, and also worked as a bus driver for the Austintown Local School District for 27 years, retiring in 2001.
She enjoyed reading, playing bingo, frequent visits to Mountaineer Gaming Resort, and spending time with her family.
Rethas husband, Stanley Ned Miller, whom she married Jan. 26, 1958, passed away May 2, 2006.
She is survived by two sons, Mark (Jen) Miller of Canon City, Colo. and Lee (Lori) Miller of Austintown; three daughters, Rebecca Miller of Austintown, Jennifer (George) Mills of Austintown and Maribeth Miller of Boardman; three grandchildren, Christian, Christopherlee and Morgan; a great-grandson, Jacob; and a sister, Roseanne Ehrenfried of Butler, Pa.
Retha will be truly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Besides her husband, Retha was preceded in death by a brother, Franklin Collins.
Family and friends may gather at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 28, for a graveside service at Brunstetter Cemetery on Wilcox Road in Austintown.
A reception celebrating the life of Mrs. Miller will follow services at the home of Lee and Lori Miller, 4641 Rita Ave. in Austintown, and family and friends are encouraged to attend.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown.
Memorial contributions may be made in Rethas name to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Boardman, OH 44512.
Visit kinnickfuneralhome.com to view this obituary online and to send condolences.
Michael R. Ornelas, 48
NAPLES, FLA. Michael R. Ornelas, 48, passed away on Nov. 1, 2009.
A memorial burial will be at Lake Park Cemetery, 1459 E. Midlothian Blvd. in Youngstown on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009, at 9:30 a.m. Friends are encouraged to attend.
Ardean Reed, 83
YOUNGSTOWN A funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, at the Union Baptist Church for Mrs. Adrean Reed, 83, who departed this life Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009, at her residence.
Mrs. Reed was born May 31, 1926 in Macon, Miss., a daughter of Will and Sue L. Lyon Gilkey.
She was a member of the church.
Her husband, Joe Reed died in December of 1953.
She leaves her children, Daisy M. Jackson, Sarah L. Reed and the Rev. Dennis (Danica) Reed, all of Youngstown and Bobby Reed of Cleveland; nine grandchildren, including Willie (Tammy) Duck Jr. and Daryl Duck; 11 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church.
Arrangements are being handled by the F.D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home Inc.
Martin Reschner, 85
SUN CITY, ARIZ. Martin Reschner, 85, passed away after a brief illness in Sun City, Ariz. on Tuesday evening, Nov. 17, 2009.
He was born Aug. 21, 1924 in Wermesch, Transylvania (Romania).
Martin and his wife, Katharina, who passed away this past April, immigrated to the United States in 1951.
Having lived in Youngstown until 1987, Martin was actively involved in the Saxon Club. He was a 55 year honorary member of Branch 30, a secretary and deputy for the Alliance Transylvanian Saxons, a member of the Saxon Dance Group and the Concordia Chorus. He was also an active member of the Honterus Lutheran Church.
Martin was employed at Youngstown Metropolitan Housing for 35 years and recently was honored for 55 years as a member of the Painters Local Union 476.
Martin and Katy moved to Arizona in 1987 to retire and live the good life. He became employed at the Greater Auto Auction of Phoenix for about 10 years. The two of them loved to take cruises, visit family and friends and play cards with their friends in Phoenix.
He leaves behind a daughter, Kate of Flagstaff, Ariz. and a son, Marty of Boardman. He also leaves behind two sisters, Maria Schuller who lives in Cologne, Germany and Katharina Schneider from Gummersbach, Germany. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him, including nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be held at the Regency Mortuary, 9850 W. Thunderbird Road, Sun City, AZ 85351, from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 3.
Services will be Friday, Dec. 4, at 11 a.m. at the Fountain of Life Lutheran Church, 15630 Del Webb Blvd., Sun City, AZ 85351.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his honor to the Fountain of Life Lutheran Church or to the Saxon Club, 710 Meridian Road, Youngstown, OH 44509.
Michael W. Scott, 44
CUYAHOGA FALLS Michael W. Scott, 44, died Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009, at Akron City Hospital.
He was born June 18, 1965 in Youngstown, a son of Robert and Beverly Thomas Scott and had lived in Cuyahoga Falls for eight years.
Mr. Scott was an environmental engineer for the State of Ohio Environmental Protection Agency in Twinsburg for nine years.
He was a 1983 graduate of Hubbard High School, served with the U.S. Air Force for six years, and was a 1999 graduate of Youngstown State University.
Michael was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Cuyahoga Falls and was an avid sports fan.
He leaves his parents, Robert and Beverly Scott of Hubbard; his wife, the former Lisa A. Beck, whom he married May 6, 2000; three daughters, Heather A., Madison L. and Christina G. Scott, all at home; a brother, James R. Scott of Cabot, Ark.; a sister, Patricia R. Pennington of Aurora; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, David A. and Anne Beck of Poland.
Funeral services will be held today at 11 a.m. at the Kelley-Robb Funeral Home in Hubbard, where family and friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009, at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Cuyahoga Falls, where family and friends may call one hour prior to the service from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church.
The family requests that memorial donations be made to the Michael Scott Memorial Fund at any Huntington Bank.
Please visit www.kelley-robb.com to view this obituary and to send condolences to the family.
Vanja Holmberg Seawall, 86
BOARDMAN Visiting hours will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009, at the Davis Funeral Home, 4996 Market St. in Boardman.
Funeral services for Vanja Holmberg Seawall, 86, will immediately follow visiting hours at the funeral home.
Mrs. Seawall was born June 23, 1923 in Nordsjo, Sweden.
She was the daughter of Carl and Gerda Holmberg. Mrs. Seawall immigrated to Jamestown, N.Y. with her parents when she was a child, and she later became a U.S. citizen.
She graduated from Fredonia State University. After graduation, she married her husband, Clare Seawall, and was married for 62 years.
Mrs. Seawall taught at Glenwood Middle School in Boardman until retiring in 1987. She was an active member of the Bethel Lutheran Church, AAUW, and an avid bridge player. She also enjoyed reading, gardening, and golf.
Mrs. Seawall is survived by her loving husband, Clare; her two brothers, Larry Holmberg of Lakeland, Fla. and Arnold Holmberg of Falconer, N.Y.; four children, Gary (Gail) of Strongsville, Lynette of Woodstock, N.Y., Karen of Westlake and Julie (Joel) of Annandale, N.J.; and seven grandchildren, Victoria, Emily, Erik, Rebekah, Hannah, Julia and Joshua.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Youngstown, OH 44512.
Josephine Walton, 69
YOUNGSTOWN Services will be Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009, at 9 a.m. at the Phillips Chapel COGIC for Mrs. Josephine Walton, 69, who entered eternal rest Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Health Center.
Mrs. Walton was born Feb. 13, 1940, in Mosleytown, Ga., a daughter of Claxton Sr. and Vela Moseley Phillips.
She was a 1958 graduate of Hubbard High School and was a certified nurses assistant. She had been employed with Callos Home Health Care. She was a member of the Phillips Chapel COGIC, its Missionary Ministry, usher board, hospitality committee, mass choir, anniversary group leader, VBS teacher and Sunday school teacher.
She enjoyed gardening and flowers, loved cats and other animals. She especially enjoyed being with her children and grandchildren.
She leaves to cherish her beloved memory, her husband, Eddie Walton Sr.; nine children, Linda (Percy) Butler and Ervin Walton, both of Lithonia, Ga., Vela (Nashid) Jones, Elaine Walton, Regina Walton, Eddie (Janice) Walton Jr. and Everett Walton, all of Youngstown, Rosetta (Joel) Shields of Seattle, and Tabitha (James) Hunter of Griffin, Ga.; 27 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; six sisters, Georgia Harris and Omega Snyder, both of Youngstown and Gwen Legrant, Shirley J. Stokes, Oveda Phillips and Patricia Phillips, all of Georgia; three brothers, Cohen of Warren and Samuel and Floyd Phillips, both of Georgia; and a host of family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers, Nobel, Kobe, Tony, Josephus and Claxton Phillips Jr.; and a sister, Naomi Loggins.
Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the church.
Arrangements entrusted to the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home.
Tracey V. Williams, 40
YOUNGSTOWN Funeral services will be at noon Saturday at the Christian Revival and Discipleship Center for Tracey V. Williams, 40, who departed this life Sunday, Nov. 22, 2009, at Forum Health Northside Medical Center.
Ms. Williams was born Sept. 16, 1969 in Youngstown, a daughter of Alvin P. Traylor and Diane P. Williams.
She was a homemaker, attended the Christian Revival and Discipleship Center and the New Bethel Baptist Church.
She leaves her mother and David J. Ross, who helped rear her; her father of Los Angeles; children, Allen, Aaron and Taneja Williams, all at home; siblings, Kamara and Lena Williams, both of Youngstown, Rawheen and Patrick Traylor, both of Youngstown, Yasheen Traylor of New York and Allen Traylor of Columbus; a special friend, James Stanford Jr. of Youngstown; uncle, Lawrence K. Teenie Weenie Williams Jr. of Youngstown; grandchildren, Naveh and Allen Williams; grandmother, Mildred Traylor of Los Angeles; and a host of family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Willie Ruth Alexander Williams, Lawrence K. Williams Sr. and Alvin Traylor Sr.; and a great-grandmother, Lena Patsy Jones, who helped rear her.
Friends may call one hour prior to service at the church.
Arrangements are being handled by the F.D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home.